Dwight Howard parted ways with his longtime agent Dan Fagen recently, to the surprise of few. Fagen’s agency, Relativity Media, is mired in a bit of financial trouble on top of the endless trade rumors that circled around Howard earlier this season.
Fegan couldn’t facilitate an exit from the Houston Rockets before the trade deadline and has already lost other high-profile clients like DeAndre Jordan and John Wall. For Howard the move makes even more sense with a new contract due to come in the offseason.
However, it’s surprising how Howard listened to and who he chose to replace his agent.
First, Superman heeded the advice of another Superman and one of his biggest critics, Shaquille O’Neal before acting. And he acted by changing Fagen out for Perry Rogers, an agent with no NBA clients.
Rogers currently represents O’Neal as well, but hasn’t been involved with active basketball players since O’Neal retired in 2011.
In an interview with USA Today’s Sam Amick, Howard confirmed that O’Neal approached him. Howard said the possibility of following on Shaq’s footsteps had a lot to do with his decision.
“I don’t necessarily have an issue with Shaq,” Howard said. “People say, ‘Well, he’s the real Superman and all of this stuff. But that man has had a very good career. … Why wouldn’t anybody want to say, ‘I want to be like Shaq,’ with all of the stuff that he has accomplished on and off the court, with his personality, all that stuff? (It’s) something for anybody to want to look up to.”
Good to see past legends helping out the present stars get their life off the court in order, hopefully more come out and lend a helping hand before these millionaires end up less than millionaires.
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